One Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta


This hearty one pot chicken fajita pasta has all the great classic chicken fajitas flavors combined with creamy pasta in a perfect weeknight meal!


In our household, pasta is always a great dinner go-to, with adults and kids alike.  This chicken fajita pasta is a combination of three things that we love; chicken fajitas, pasta, and one pot meals!

This One Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta is so creamy and flavorful, and is ready in less than 30 minutes!  Tender chicken, crisp veggies, and tender pasta smothered in a spicy, creamy sauce!  Click the photo for the full post!

When it comes to one pot meals, I can’t get enough!  There’s something so satisfying about an entire meal cooked in one pot… with no extra pots and pans to wash up after dinner.  Ever since the very first one pot meal here on the blog, you all have been emailing and pleading with me to make more… and I listened!

Chicken fajita pasta in cooking pot

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So many one pot meals I see around the internet call for adding cooked pasta to the pot… which means you had to use another pot to actually COOK that pasta.  And sometimes, okay not sometimes… pretty much all the time, I don’t have any patience for boiling pasta, then cleaning up that awkwardly big stock pot!  This is one of my favorite kinds of one pot meals; the kind where the pasta cooks in the same pan, alongside everything else.

Not only is this great for not adding extra dishes, but the pasta itself gets SUPER flavorful from cooking in a flavorful sauce instead of just water.  Other favorites that use this cooking method are chicken parmesan pasta, Philly cheesesteak pasta, chicken cordon bleu pasta and pizza pasta!

Pot of creamy chicken fajita pasta

HOW TO MAKE ONE POT CHICKEN FAJITA PASTA:

  • Make sure to keep your chicken pieces similar in size.  The chicken in this recipe cooks in just a few minutes, so you need to make sure the chicken pieces are all close to the same size so they can fully cook at the same time.
  • The heat level (in my opinion) is between a mild and medium, however you can make it spicier by using hot diced tomatoes and green chiles, or by substituting jalapeño for the green bell pepper.  You can make it milder by using plain diced tomatoes instead of the diced tomatoes with green chiles.
  • There is no cheese in this recipe, however if you are a cheese lover, feel free to add in a handful of your favorite cheese when you add back in the chicken and peppers.

Scoop of chicken fajita pasta

HELPFUL TOOLS:

  • Dutch oven – I love the size of this pot.. it’s perfect for this recipe and it holds the heat really well.
  • Fajita seasoning – this the brand I love and use often.

Serving of chicken fajita pasta on plate


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This One Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta is so creamy and flavorful, and is ready in less than 30 minutes!  Tender chicken, crisp veggies, and tender pasta smothered in a spicy, creamy sauce!  Click the photo for the full post!
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5 from 6 votes
4 - 6 servings
One Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

This hearty one pot chicken fajita pasta has all the great classic chicken fajitas flavors combined with creamy pasta in a perfect weeknight meal!

Calories: 395 kcal
Ingredients
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 - 1 inch pieces
  • 2-3 Tbsp fajita seasoning (taco seasoning works too)
  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled and diced
  • 2-3 bell peppers, any variety, sliced into 1 inch long strips
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups reduced sodium chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 10 oz can diced tomatoes and green chiles (like Rotel brand)
  • 8 oz dried penne pasta (or other short cut pasta)
  • kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • lime wedges, for garnish
  • sliced green onions, for garnish
  • minced fresh cilantro, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil to dutch oven or 12" skillet and heat over MED HIGH heat. Add chicken, sprinkle with half of the fajita seasoning and cook about 2 minutes. Turn chicken pieces over (or give it a good stir) and cook the other side for another 1-2 minutes. Remove chicken to a plate and set aside.

  2. Add remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil to dutch oven and add in onions and peppers and remaining fajita seasoning. Cook, stirring occasionally, about 4-5 minutes, until softened and slightly charred. Add garlic, stir, and cook about 30 seconds, then remove vegetable mixture to the plate with the chicken and set aside.

  3. Pour in chicken stock, heavy cream, diced tomatoes and chiles, pasta, and a pinch of salt and black pepper. Use a wooden spoon to carefully loosen the browned bits from the bottom of the skillet and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to a low boil (usually about a MED LOW heat should work), cover, and cook about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  4. After 15 minutes, most of the cooking liquid should be absorbed. If it's not, cook another 3-5 minutes. Return the chicken and vegetables to the pot and stir to heat through.

  5. Serve garnished with diced green onions and minced fresh parsley or cilantro and with a squeeze of a lime wedge.

Recipe Notes

TO PREP AHEAD:

Chicken, onion, bell peppers and garlic can all be pre-chopped and stored in airtight containers in the refrigerator.

  • chicken will need to have it's own separate container

Recipe also shared on The Slow Roasted Italian

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This One Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta is so creamy and flavorful, and is ready in less than 30 minutes!  Tender chicken, crisp veggies, and tender pasta smothered in a spicy, creamy sauce!  Click the photo for the full post!

 

 

 

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12 comments on “One Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta”

  1. One pot to make this delicious dish! Count me in!

  2. Italy meets Mexico…love the whole concept of this recipe, it looks so delicious and easy to make! this is a MUST try

  3. I love how quick this is to make! Perfect for those busy nights!

  4. OMG!
    Comes out really yummy! And is so easy to make!! New family favorite at our house for sure!!😋👌
    Love your chicken fajita pasta. This recipe making me hungry 😍😍

  5. Oh I think I will try this without the chicken – looks fab!

  6. One pot meals are the best! I love the flavor combo here, and this is definitely going on the menu!

  7. This loos amazing! I love how quick and easy it is!

  8. Looks so perfect! Yummy and easy to make!

  9. I love quick and easy meals like this! Looks delicious!

  10. Can you use cream cheese in place of heavy cream?